TCS Installation Completed on the Covington Subdivision!
Effective April 22, 2006, the entire Covington Subdivision of the CSXT
Shenandoah Division now operates under Traffic Control System (TCS) rules from
MC Cabin to the north end of Covington. Direct Traffic Control (DTC) rules no
longer apply to the Covington Subdivision. Yard limit rules continue to be in
effect from MC Cabin south through the Salem Terminal.
In order to complete the installation of TCS on the north end of the
Covington Subdivision, CSX signal maintainers first had to install the third (of
three) Digitrax SE8C signal controller. This SE8C is located under the Market
Street Union Station area in Salem, and it controls signals and switch motors in
Covington and eventually in the Salem Terminal. This work was done from April
Once the third SE8C had been installed, the signal maintainers proceed to
install the switch motor and signals at the south end of Covington from April
16-18, 2006. The signal maintainers then turned their attention to the
northernmost OS section on the Covington Subdivision at the north end of
Covington. The switch motor and signals were installed here from April 19-22,
After the signal maintainers finished their field work, the chief signal
engineer then defined the switch motor and signal addresses for both SE
Covington and NE Covington in the configuration file for the CATS dispatcher
panel, and ran some functional tests of the newly installed OS sections for the
Upon successful completion of the testing, management declared the TCS
installation project for the Covington Subdivision done on April 22, 2006.
However, one set of intermediate signals will be installed in Carpenter, Va. at
a future date.
(Editorial note: Previous Progress Reports from
12/11/2005, 01/16/2006, and
04/11/2006 covered other portions of the
installation of TCS on the Covington Subdivision of the CSX Shenandoah
(Editorial note: the work shown in this progress report was completed
from April 13-22, 2006, but the pictures were not taken until May 7, 2006.)